Unemployment, protests and stoppages product of shutdown

Unemployment, protests and stoppages product of shutdown
  • EFE

The leader of the Republicans in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, blocked in the Upper House the Democratic proposals of the Lower House to reopen the Administration, which has been partially closed for 20 days. "The last thing we have to do now is a meaningless exchange", he said, referring to a vote on some packages of laws that Republicans have already warned they would not approve.

The Democratic majority in the House of Representatives approved last week two legislative proposals that consist of six bills to finance the whole year 2019 of about 25% of the Administration and one that would grant funds to the Department of Homeland Security until February 8th. These measures extended the funds for border fences and other measures in 1.300 million dollars, far from the 5.600 million asked by Trump.

Specifically, the paralysis affects agencies of ten Executive departments, including Transportation and Justice; as well as dozens of national parks, which are usually a major tourist attraction. The closure also harms 800,000 of the 2.1 million federal workers, who will not collet their salaries as long as the government remains closed. They depend on an approving a new budget.

One of the consequences given by the shutdown is the situation suffered by the G terminal of the Miami International Airport (MIA) that will operate on a reduced schedule on Saturday, Sunday and Monday due to the shortage of security personnel in the scanner control as a result of the administrative closure, informed the airport authorities.

This terminal, in which operate some aereal companies such as Frontier, United Airlines, Aruba Airlines and Volaris, will close at 1 pm (18.00 GMT) on those three days as a precaution, given the shortage of personnel of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) specialized in scanner management.

Greg Chin, MIA spokesman, told local media that the reduction in hours will require relocating about a dozen flights in other of the six terminals that MIA has.

Few advances have occurred in the last 20 days, since neither Trump nor the Democratic leaders of Congress have ceded territory in the negotiations and it is expected that the administrative closure may last several more weeks, in which some 51,000 TSA officials, which are among public employees, will work well without pay or with permission, and will stop receiving their first full paychecks this week, said the 10 local channel, News of Miami.

Faced with the situation, many employees protested in various parts of the country as the White House, with statements such as "Thousands of Americans, who work very hard, are being excluded from their jobs for no other reason than the politics of fear. Shame on the Senate! Shame on the White House!", made by Richard Trumka, the president of AFL-CIO, the largest union platform in the country, before hundreds of public employees.

Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), Odgen (Utah) or Denver (Colorado) were also the scene of this activity. Before this, it was known that thousands of federal employees have decided to apply for unemployment benefits, although technically they do have work.

More than 4,700 public workers joined the unemployment lists in the last week of December, with the administrative closure, compared to 929 the previous week, according to data from the Department of Labor.


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